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warbird
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 10:04 am
Location: Calofornia MO

Yesterday I was trying to get rid of hs in my alamo house, I got the male with 22 [finaly] and decided to set a trap for female hs and noticed pms sticking there heads in and I watched it close to make sure I didn’t catch a pm then I decided to hang a gourd below the alamo to see if pms would go to it instead of my trap. Less than 15 minutes pms was entering the gourd [different pms lol] after about a hour my trap had went off and I had the female hs, so I set nest tray back in and pms was going in within 30 minutes. I got to thinking surly 62 cavities is not full [63 now] so I thought I’d check my gourds and found 3 dead male pms in 3 different gourds they had been there a while. We had a cold spell here last week with 2” of snow I don’t know if that caused the dead pms or not, anyone else in mo. Loose any pms last couple weeks?
joe
2015 8 pair
2016 35 pair
2017 55 pair
2018 57 pair
2019 58 pair
2020 58 pair
deancamp
Posts: 672
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

You made me look, I have had no reason to nest check yet since I just noticed the start of nest building last weekend. I am happy to report no dead martins and indeed nest building has started. I got that snow as well, but I believe my martins were able to feed each day even on the snow day temps got into the 40's. Night temps got as low as 29 but I think they can handle that without issue. Maybe something else is in play with your dead birds....
Jeff Dean
warbird
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 10:04 am
Location: Calofornia MO

Thanks, I don’t know what happened. Maybe a mad hs or pm. No eggs here either but got a few green leaves in some cavities
joe
2015 8 pair
2016 35 pair
2017 55 pair
2018 57 pair
2019 58 pair
2020 58 pair
flyin-lowe
Posts: 3134
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

How were your temps during the cold spell. I am in the midwest too and we had the cold front come through and snow as well. It was 60 one day, 30 with three inches of snow the next, and more snow the following day but it got up to 45 later that afternoon. So the martins in my area only went about 36 hours without being able to feed, which is not typically an issue if they are healthy. If your cold snap was longer it could have been that that got them, especially if you had martins that had just arrived. Returning from migration a day before a cold snap could do them in.
202160 nests with 187 eggs (6-3-20) HOSP count-9
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2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional lone SY's
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warbird
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 10:04 am
Location: Calofornia MO

the low was 26-28 2 inches snow but it was gone next day or so. no hs makes it very long and here for sure not long enough to make a nest. but 3 males? other pms had nest built over one of them. i sure dont know.
joe
2015 8 pair
2016 35 pair
2017 55 pair
2018 57 pair
2019 58 pair
2020 58 pair
warbird
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue May 26, 2015 10:04 am
Location: Calofornia MO

[ just whish i could of helped
joe
2015 8 pair
2016 35 pair
2017 55 pair
2018 57 pair
2019 58 pair
2020 58 pair
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